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Michael W. Wharton

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Michael Wharton has been a trial attorney for over 20 years. After graduating from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law in 1992, Mr. Wharton spent three years as an associate attorney at Walters Bender & Strohbehn, P.C. in Kansas City, Missouri. There he earned valuable experience as an injury attorney handling complex litigation such as dangerous product cases, railroad injuries, and class actions.


In 1996, he went to work for Couch Strausbaugh Pierce & King, Chartered, a group of trial attorneys in Overland Park, Kansas. He was elevated to partner and specialized in injury cases such as car accidents, slip and fall injuries, and insurance claims.


Over the years, he developed a philosophy for how to best help those injured by the negligence of others -- be aggressive. The insurance companies have claim representatives working hard for them, so it’s important that the injury attorney be equally aggressive. At Couch Pierce King & Wharton, he continues to diligently represent his clients to ensure that they are treated fairly when they are often at their most vulnerable.


Mr. Wharton is an experienced trial lawyer who fights to make sure that his client's rights are advanced at every step of the claim process. He understands that it is important to his clients that their medical bills are timely paid, their lost income reimbursed, and their futures protected. He also understands how an injury can change a client's everyday life, and how important it is that his clients are compensated for that change. He works hard to see that these goals are accomplished for every client in every case.


Mr. Wharton has been awarded a pre-eminent ("AV") rating by the  Martindale Hubbell Law Directory and is a graduate of the Ross T. Roberts Inns of Court. He is a member of the Kansas and Missouri Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice before the state courts of Missouri and Kansas, as well as the United States District Courts of the Western District of Missouri, the District of Kansas, the Southern District of Texas, and U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 49%
    23 years, 500 cases
  2. Insurance: 24%
    23 years, 150 cases
  3. Defective Products: 9%
    23 years, 25 cases
  4. Construction: 9%
    18 years, 25 cases
  5. Other: 9%
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Hourly ($250-300/hour), contingent (25-45%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • William Elmer Niffen II

    I have worked with Mike - and against Mike. On both sides of cases I found him to be well-prepared, honorable and reasonable. He is a credit to the legal profession.


    William Niffen Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John M O'Brien

    I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community.


    John O'Brien Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Suite 370
10975 Benson Drive
Overland Park, KS, 66210


KSAuthorized to practice law199311/09/2015
MOGood Standing, Active199201/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2015
BarristerRobert T. Roberts Inns of Court1994
Constitutional LawAmerican Jurisprudence Award1991
Law ReviewUniversity of Missouri Kansas City School of Law1990
Graduate with distinctionUniversity of Missouri at Kansas City1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberCouch Pierce King & Wharton1996 - Present
AssociateWalters Bender & Strohbehn, PC1992 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kansas Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Missouri State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Phi Kappa PhiMember1989 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hudspeth v. Lake Quivira$16,000,000 verdict
Schmeider v. Grand Rental Stattion$1,500,000.00 settlement
Akis-Reed v. Macon$300,000 policy limits
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of LawN/AJuris Doctor1992
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of LawCommunicationsBachelor of Arts1989